DAVAO CITY â€” About 105,000 hectares of non-tillage lands in Davao City are being eyed as agro-forestry areas.
This as Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte declared in her recent State-of-the-city address about the importance of agro-forestry in rehabilitating the upland and agricultural areas of the city.
City agriculturist Leo Avila said that the City has allocated P8-million as initial funding for agro-forestry program this 2011. The amount will be spent for seedlings and trainings for farmers.
â€œAgro-forestry addresses the poverty in the uplands, increases the productivity of small farmers and protects our watershed,â€ Avila said during his guesting at Marco Poloâ€™s Club 888 media forum.
He bared that out of the 163,000 hectares classified as agricultural lands in the city, the city has identified 105,000 hectares based on terrain analysis as suitable areas for agro-forestry.
Among the preferred trees and crops for the cityâ€™s agro-forestry program include cacao, coffee, coconut, abaca and rubber.
The City has developed a five-hectare central nursery in Malagos district and eight satellite nurseries spread out in the barangays within the five watershed areas of Davao River, Lasang, Talomo, Lipadas and Sibulan.